Popular Romance Project

The Popular Romance Project explores the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and internet fan fiction, taking a global and historical perspective.

The current blog, designed for readers and writers, scholars from every field, and the general public, explores romance in popular culture and fiction. The larger project includes a feature-length documentary focusing on the global community of romance readers, writers, and publishers and will include an expanded, interactive website allowing the website’s users to see romance novels in a broad context across time and place. The project also includes an academic symposium on the past and future of the romance novel hosted by the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and a nationwide series of library programs dealing with the past, present, and future of the romance novel, plus a traveling exhibit, organized by the American Library Association.


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